Whilst it is true that The Rake is the world’s preeminent publication dedicated to the education and empowerment of classic men’s style, it has never shunned women in the process. Quite the opposite in fact, in every Issue there is a Cherchez La Femme column, which looks at an influential women who lived life with just as little compromise as the men we profile. There has also been countless other features of inspirational women, such as Amelia Earhart and Marlene Dietrich. And in the current Issue, there is a brilliant article on the beautiful women that personified America’s post-war splendour. In 2019, Julianne Moore became The Rake’s first female cover star, with the February edition subsequently becoming the female Issue each year. We’re also quick to recognize that the industry we champion couldn’t function without its talented female artisans, which very much includes the women who are leading the next generation of tailors.
When we decided to embark on this special project in the Fari Islands, Maldives we saw it as a fantastic opportunity to merge our celebration of artisanship to be male and female. Permeating the surroundings of our island-chic brick-and-mortar shops, one of which is the aptly named Mrs Rake, are a tastefully-curated selection of items. Mindful and perceptive to the Fari Islands’ unwavering commitment to nurture sustainability, each womenswear brand has been deliberately elected to sincerely co-exist with the very values that both the Fari Islands and their guests are invested in.